John Eliot Gardiner, Bach Cantatas, Vol. 18
Classical holiday listening beyond "Messiah"? Start here. Gardiner and his collected forces performed Bach's sacred cantatas as part of a pilgrimage across Europe in 2000, and the recordings documenting this extraordinary journey have been trickling out over the years. This final volume is strong all around, with superb soloists, performing the cantatas Bach wrote for Christmas Day and Epiphany.